Dixon smashes Kielder record

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ALYSON DIXON shattered the course record to finish third overall in the Salomon Kielder 10k with 425 finishers on Saturday, writes Kevin Carr.

The Sunderland athlete, pictured, chopped 11 minutes off the previous record to clock 36.02 to win the women’s race by over four minutes from Tynedale’s Joanne Lee.

She said: “There were some steep hills and tight turns, which you had to slow down to negotiate. I don’t think that I ran in the right shoes, as it was quite muddy in places.

“I was expecting to run around 37 minutes on this course, as I knew it was challenging. So to run 36 minutes, I’ve got to be pleased with that.’’

The race winner was Gateshead Harrier Tim Calder, who recorded a record-breaking 34.24, over four minutes faster than Sunderland’s Rob Sloan’s winning run of last year.

Sunderland Harrier Paul Redman, flew the Sunderland flag in the Kielder marathon yesterday and finished an impressive fifth. The 48-year-old Harrier was one of eight runners that beat the three-hour mark for the tough course, clocking 2.58.28.

The race winner was Ceri Rees, a former Elswick Harrier and National Cross Country under-17 champion, making a return to the sport at the age of 39. Now based in Totnes, Devon, he won by minutes from South Shields Harrier Dave Charlton. The women’s winner was mountain runner and fell international Angela Mudge, who finished eighth in 2.59.29.

Sunderland Stroller Steve Rankin finished 32nd in 3.14.32, Kevin O’Neil was 74th (3.28.59) and Terry Topping was 143rd (3.42.55).

H Durham City Harrier Rosie Smith (12.12) Chloe Smith (12.39), and Aiveen Fox (13.12) won the Northern Athletics women’s cross country championship at Graves Park, Sheffield on Saturday. Smith was the second fastest of the day behind Holmfirths’ Katie Walshaw (12.03).

Birtley’s under-17 women’s team won their category with Sophie Foster (8.38), Anna Fawcett (8.28) and Lydia Turner (8.14).

Sunderland Harriers senior men’s team finished ninth in their championship won by Sale Harriers. Oliver James (10.53), Nathan Reed (11.13), veteran Alan Hodgson (12.41) and Craig Isherwood (11.33) were the Wearside quartet. Former Chester-le-Street athlete Carl Smith was the joint fastest along with Derby’s Richard Weir (10.23).

H Sunderland Harrier Ben Craig became the youngest winner of the Sunderland parkrun when winning the 5k race, at the age of 15, in a personal best of 18.24 at Silksworth.

H Chester-le-Street’s Freya Murray-Ross was second woman to finish and Durham’s Michael Crawley was sixth overall in yesterday’s Great Edinburgh Run 10k Road Race.

Results: 1 T Humphries (England) 29:23, 2 A Lemoncello (Scotland) 29:24, 3 D Hawkins (Scotland) 30:14, 6 M Crawley England 31:44

Women: 1 J Coulson (England) 33:12, 2 F Murray-Ross (Scotland) 33:48, 3 E Curran (Scotland) 35:45.

H After a week of waiting, The Sherman Cup Cross Country competition has finally been declared with Sunderland Harriers placed third behind winners Morpeth and runners-up Gateshead.